My students love puzzles.
They especially love them when they are easy enough to solve without frustration but challenging enough to be interesting. I’ve always called that the “sweet spot” in classroom challenges and games – easy enough, but not too easy, as Einstein said.
Crossword puzzles are great tools for reviewing vocabulary. I used to make my own using a spreadsheet with each box serving as a letter. It was painstaking and time consuming work. If you haven’t already discovered Puzzlemaker, it’s a game changer. You can enter the words you want in the puzzle plus the clues to guess the words and Puzzlemaker does the rest.
I’ve used crossword puzzles as clues in my classroom breakouts also. Click here to download a list of tips and tricks to creating your own breakout.
Check it out!